Ever since the iPad had a successful launch, it seems that everyone is trying to get into the tablet business. Those who don’t want to develop their own software, like Samsung, Dell, Motorola and LG, are using Android to power their tablets.
Some like RIM (Blackberry Playbook) and HP (webOS Tablet) are developing the software as well as hardware in-house. We have already seen the Blackberry Playbook in action, but we don’t know much about the HP webOS tablet. According to a training presentation by HP, the webOS tablet is going to be launched on February 9.
Well, here’s a big surprise. There’s not one, but two webOS tablets which are to be launched in 2011. There will be a 9 inch webOS tablet codenamed Topaz as well as a 7 inch webOS tablet codenamed Opal. Here are some leaked renders of the HP Topaz webOS tablet by Engadget.
They will apparently be launched rather late, only after June. The Topaz has a glossy design with a front facing camera, a microUSB port and three speakers. The Opal will have 3 variants – Wi-Fi only, AT&T 3G and Verizon LTE. It will be launched around September 2011.
HP also plans to launch webOS netbooks along with the tablets. No other details are out yet.
The Dell Streak 7 was one of the many tablets announced at CES 2011. It was leaked way before CES though. It is one of the best Android tablets which will be coming to us in 2011. Dell is one of the more reliable tablet manufacturers, along with Samsung, Motorola and LG.
The Dell Streak 7 will compete with the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the LG G-Slate.
It has a 7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It has 1 GB RAM and comes with 16 GB internal storage. It will come with HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will run Android 2.2 with the Stage UI, the same as the Dell Streak smartphone. It also has a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary 1.3 MP camera. We don’t know the price of the tablet yet.
We already knew that T-Mobile was going to launch the Streak 7 some time in Q1 2011, but what we didn’t know was that it was going to be launched as early as February 2. According to TMOnews, T-Mobile will launch the Dell Streak 7 on February 2. T-Mobile also plans to launch the LG G-Slate tablet soon. Even Samsung is apparently working on a successor to the Galaxy Tab with refreshed hardware specs and 4G support.
The Motorola Atrix 4G, one of the best Android smartphones unveiled at CES 2011 was supposed to launch in Q1 2011. Now, thanks to some leaked documents from AT&T, we have the exact launch date – March 1.
The leaked data from AT&T shows the complete specifications of the Motorola Atrix 4G along with a launch date and an SKU. Normally, AT&T launches new phones only on Sundays, but March 1 is a Tuesday, so this may turn out to be wrong, but from what we know so far, March 1 seems to be the most likely date for the Atrix 4G launch.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will have a 4.0 inch qHD display and a 5 MP camera. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI on top.
We don’t have the price yet, but you better start saving up for it right away.
A new rumor says that the iPad 2 will be launched on either the first Saturday of April, or the second – April 2 or April 9. The dates definitely seem plausible and many earlier rumors have also pointed to a late Q1 release.
It will be available exclusively in Apple Stores for 6 months and will be available in Walmart and Target only around October. It will be available only in the US for 3 months, and will have an international launch only in July.
It is rumored to have a retina display, USB port and two cameras.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon is planning to announce the much anticipated CDMA iPhone on January 11, at a press event which was announced recently.
With Verizon announcing its entire Android and LTE device lineup at CES, the only announcement which could warrant a separate event is the iPhone coming to Verizon.
The iPhone has been available exclusively on AT&T in the US since its launch in 2007. Many think that the number of smartphone users willing to buy an iPhone on AT&T has peaked, and to see further growth in user numbers, Verizon is Apple’s best bet. Many users have chosen Android phones over the iPhone only to avoid using AT&T’s network. Getting the iPhone on Verizon could see a lot of them jumping on to the iPhone bandwagon.
The Verizon iPhone will likely be similar to the iPhone 4, but will be a CDMA handset. What we don’t know is whether it will support LTE as well. It’s likely that LTE support will come only with the iPhone 5 which is to be launched this summer.
Bharti Airtel is all set to launch it’s IPTV (IP Television) service in Bangalore this week. Bharti has already launched Airtel IPTV in the Delhi NCR region and is being actively used by 40,000 users. IPTV is a digital television service where the channels are piped from the internet into TV sets of consumers through fibre optic cables.
Bharti’s Chief Marketing Officer Girish Mehta says that the company is looking at Bangalore as the 2nd Indian city to launch IPTV as the city is technology savvy and Bharti has over 1.8 lakh Airtel Broadband subscribers in the city. Airtel now plans to offer customers with a single customer service interface which takes into consideration voice, broadband and TV and video entertainment bills of the customers. The wired lines on the customer premises will be split using splitters to provide, telephony, broadband and IP TV services.
Airtel’s IPTV supports Time Shift’ which allows users to view any TV programme from an earlier date in the last seven days from the server. Users will also be able to pause, fast forward or fast backward programmes (only Movies as of now). Existing Airtel broadband customers can get IPTV with a top up of Rs 249 per month. This package will contain 127 TV channels. Airtel will also offer a Video-On-Demand service to it’s IPTV customers.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of Android has been launched by Google.
Details about Android 2.3 are now online on Android Developers.
Here is a list of the new features in Android 2.3
New User Features
UI refinements for simplicity and speed Faster, more intuitive text input One-touch word selection and copy/paste Improved power management Control over applications New ways of communicating, organizing Internet calling Near-field communications Downloads management Camera
New Developer Features
– Gaming Enhancements Performance Native input and sensor events Gyroscope and other new sensors, for improved 3D motion processing Open API for native audio Native graphics management Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management Native access to assets, storage Robust native development environment
– New forms of Communication Internet telephony Near Field Communications (NFC) Support
– Rich Multimedia Mixable audio effects Support for new media formats Access to multiple cameras
Check out this Android 2.3 Gingerbread introduction video for more details.
Facebook Places, a service from Facebook that lets you tell your friends on Facebook about your current location has gone Live in India. This service was earlier available to just US, UK and Japan. Although it will take some more time before it get eventually rolled out to all Facebook users in India.
All employees of Facebook in India have been able to use Facebook Places right from the day of it’s inception and now other Facebook users will also be able to use it finally. Facebook Places works in a similar manner to that of Foursquare, your current location is automatically determined and you are shown a list of nearby places. If you can’t see your place listed, then you can add it right from your phone.
The Places application is available in India only on the Facebook apps for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. Although there is another option to access Facebook Places via touch.facebook.com but that is not available in India as of yet.
The Dell Venue Pro is one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010. While details of most of the other Windows Phone 7 devices have been out for quite some time, we didn’t have any solid information about the release date of the Dell Venue Pro.
It seems that the wait for the Dell Venue Pro may finally be over. Apparently, Microsoft will launch the Dell Venue Pro at its retail stores on November 8. It may also be made available on Microsoft’s website.
Dell will start selling the Venue Pro online at Dell.com on November 15. I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of the Venue Pro, are you?
You can check out the detailed specifications of the Dell Venue Pro here – Dell Venue Pro
Word on the interwebz is that the next version of the Android OS – Android 2.3 Gingerbread is set to be launched soon. The new SDK for Android 2.3 will be unveiled on November 11. Soon after, it should start being available on major handsets like the Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X etc.
The speed with which handset makers and carriers have been rolling out updates has been abysmally slow in the past, but it is expected to improve. Samsung will finish rolling out Android 2.2 Froyo for the Galaxy S variants by the end of November, and we can probably expect Android 2.3 by January 2011.